Soon today Hillary Clinton is supposed to announce her candidacy for president. Whoopty Doo! Who besides a relative handful of political news junkies cares? Like there has been a shred of doubt in recent months. The p-junkies are excited because they love to dissect the candidates, like football draft analysts, coming up with ticklers like Jeb Bush, the supposed leader in the Republican half of the race, prompts no enthusiasm in focus groups in New Hampshire….or Rand Paul is too thin skinned to do well under the stress of campaigning or the surprising amount of money (31 million) Ted Cruz has scraped together already.
My long shot Republican candidate is Ohio governor John Kasich, but he hasn’t even declared, so no use wasting any thought on him right now, either. I just want to establish early credit for making the pick if by some miracle he jumps up in the Republican primaries.
That’s enough for now on the presidential race. Barring something startling, I doubt I will comment upon the race again for months.
That was a roundabout way to making a plug for Fareed Zakaria’s show called Global Public Square on CNN on Sunday’s at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time. It is my favorite political news show because it puts events in perspective, which I generally find lacking in most political chat shows. And it takes on worldly important topics instead of dwelling on our American media preoccupations with campaign analysis, shootings (often racially related), graphic disasters or the abuse of some group’s “individual rights”. I record the show and often watch it in segments during the week.
This morning Fareed kicked off with his perspective on the Iran Nuclear deal. Similar to the presidential election, I don’t want to spend much time analyzing that issue until things sort themselves out more in the next couple of months. But Fareed puts the deal in perspective, something which may help as pros and cons of the “deal” are aired in weeks to come (what will be the deal, if there is one, is unknowable at this point).